Why are we writing about this?
Many of our readers are students who are thinking of going abroad to work. The reason we’re talking about this is that it’s much better to get your K53 test and driving license BEFORE you go overseas. While you may only plan to go for 1 year, it often ends up much longer and coming back to just get your drivers is not worth it.
Make sure you have your drivers license before you go on a gap year.
Light and heavy motor vehicles and motorcycle
Purpose and conditions
This is a practical driving test to determine the ability of aspirant motor vehicle drivers and motorcycle riders.
The driving test measures a driver’s proficiency in:
- handling the vehicle
- obedience to traffic rules
- road signs
- traffic signals and surface markings
- correct application of the K53 defensive driving system through all aspects of the test
- coping with traffic problems in practical driving situations
You may not do the driving test in a light motor vehicle that is less than 3 m in length. During the test, smoking and the use of cellular phones are not allowed.
What the test covers
- Light and heavy motor vehicle test:
- A pre-trip inspection of the vehicle’s roadworthiness.
- A yard test of your basic manoeuvring skills, away from traffic:
- starting the engine;
- moving off;
- turning around in the road: ‘three-point-turn’ (light vehicles only);
- alley docking: reversing into an alley, and driving out again;
- parallel parking (light vehicles only);
- stopping and moving off on an incline;
- left turn (light vehicles if towing a trailer, and heavy vehicles); and
- reversing in a straight line (light vehicles if towing a trailer, and heavy vehicles).
A road test conducted on public roads carrying traffic, including the following situations where available:
- obeying traffic signals;
- changing lanes;
- speed control;
- turning left and right at intersections;
- proceeding through an intersection;
- uncontrolled intersections;
- obeying yield signs and traffic lights;
- stopping in traffic;
- stopping at a stop sign;
- a traffic circle;
- a railway level crossing;
- a pedestrian crossing;
- entering a freeway;
- leaving a freeway;
- passing a freeway off-ramp and on-ramp;
- overtaking on a freeway; and
- an emergency stop.